Posts in category "Northwestern Wildcats"

Carmody gone at Northwestern; Duke Blue Devils Asst. could be Replacement

Carmody gone at Northwestern; Duke Blue Devils Asst. could be Replacement
Bill Carmody is officially gone.
Northwestern Athletic Director Jim Phillips met with the NU players this morning and will address the media at 5:30 tonight.  (The announcement of the press conference was made about 35 minutes. Multiple sources are reporting Bill Carmody is out as men's basketball coach.Word is Duke Blue Devils assistant Chris Collins is the top choice of the A.D. in finding Carmody’s replacement.
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Iowa Hawkeyes end Northwestern Wildcats Season 73-59

Iowa Hawkeyes end Northwestern Wildcats Season 73-59
It wasn't supposed to end this way for the Northwestern Wildcats. No, not like this, 14-19 ousted in their first round game of the Big Ten Tournament by the Iowa Hawkeyes 73-59. No NIT, CIT, or other acronym tourney awaits them. Certainly not the big one: NCAA, which has never seen the Wildcats in 70+ years of NU basketball. After four straight NIT bids, maybe this could have been the year the Northwestern Wildcats "bubbled up" to the big dance. Instead the injury bug bit over and over again. And coach Bill Carmody was left with a shell of what he once had. The Northwestern Wildcats last won on Groundhog Day, and like the movie that bears the holiday's name, we've seen the same occurrences over and over and over again. The Northwestern Wildcats kept "spotting" their opponents a lead to begin the game. As the Wildcats often found their opponents up by double digits before they've even scored.  It happened versus Wisconsin, Penn State and again in the Big Ten Tourney...

NU loses at home to Penn State: Final straw for Bill Carmody?

NU loses at home to Penn State: Final straw for Bill Carmody?
Last year Bruce Weber was dismissed from the Fighting Illini basketball program during the Big Ten Tournament, right after Illinois’ season ended. The same situation occurred two years prior with the Iowa Hawkeyes and Todd Lickliter at the Big Ten Tourney. Will we see the same thing with Bill Carmody and Northwestern this Big Ten Tournament? NU losing 66-59 at home to Penn State might have been the final straw to break the camel’s back. This was the Wildcats’ 6th loss in a row, and dropped them to 13-17, 4-13 in the Big Ten. Losing to PSU is a really big deal; especially at home. Penn State was 0-17 on the road under Patrick Chambers entering this game. Yes, this was indeed his first road win at Penn State. And Chambers got the job because the guy before him, Ed DeChellis, left Penn State for Navy. Yes, he left PSU FOR NAVY, not vice versa.With the victory, Penn State improved to 11-9 all-time at Northwestern. Do you know how many media members travel to cover the Nittany Lions on the road? Zero. Yes, that’s what PSU basketball truly is. And that’s why this loss makes Carmody’s seat that much hotter. (Go here for the pros and cons of why Bill Carmody should or should not return for a 15th season at NU.) Carmody was asked tonight if he was able to block out speculation about his job security...
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Illini basketball routs Northwestern: avenges loss with authority 62-41

Illini basketball routs Northwestern: avenges loss with authority 62-41
It may have been a home game for Northwestern on paper, but the crowd was about 75-80% cheering for Illini basketball. Sometimes in sports media you can start writing your story by halftime. And you can file it before the final horn. All you need then is the quotes to add in; tonight was one of those nights. Is Illinois vs Northwestern a real, true acrimonious rivalry? John Groce's team truly stomped on his opponent's throat as if they were. Although I was always thought the Indiana Hoosiers were the true rival of Illinois, as their all time series is dead even. The Illinois vs Northwestern series is now 130-38 in favor of the Illini who also lead in Evanston 60-24 all time. This was a big win for Illini basketball as they avenge their second of two bad RPI losses. Purdue was the other...

Northwestern loses Jared Swopshire for the season

Northwestern loses Jared Swopshire for the season
Can't Northwestern get a break? And not that kind of break, where something in the body breaks. Poor Bill Carmody, he's clearly on the hot seat, and the injuries keep piling up to hurt him. First it was the best player on the team, Drew Crawford. Both Alexs Olah and Marcotullio haven't been themselves. Reggie Hearn, a key scorer, has missed some time. And now this: Northwestern graduate student Jared Swopshire a transfer from Louisville, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season...

Northwestern football returning to Wrigley Field, Cubs and NU Hooking Up

Northwestern football returning to Wrigley Field, Cubs and NU Hooking Up
In some ways, the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs were meant for each other. Both had/have major droughts. The NU college football team just won their first bowl game since 1949, and the college basketball has never ever made the NCAA Tournament, 70+ tries. As you’ve heard a million times, the Cubs haven’t been to... Read more »
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Another terrible season for Chicago and Illinois college basketball

Another terrible season for Chicago and Illinois college basketball
What a shame. What a crying shame that Chicago, which every year has some of the best preps talent in the country, has zero going for it on the college level. Unless the Illinois Fighting Illini can somehow go 6-3 down stretch (and they face some brutal opponents so this is highly unlikely) what Land... Read more »

Northwestern upsets #12 Gophers, in front of very poor student showing

Northwestern upsets #12 Gophers, in front of very poor student showing
Every year Northwestern Wildcats basketball beats a couple ranked teams during the Big Ten slate. So whenever they play someone good at home you want to be there so you can see a big event, right? Like when the fans stormed the court after taking down a top ten Michigan State team last year. Well the “Wildside” student section doesn’t seem to think so. They hardly showed up at all two home games ago when NU lost even uglier than it sounds, 70-51 to the Iowa Hawkeyes. And they didn’t come out last night either...

NORTHWESTERN ENDS BOWL DROUGHT! What Chicago team is next?

NORTHWESTERN ENDS BOWL DROUGHT! What Chicago team is next?
Today, the Northwestern Wildcats ended their 64 year old bowl drought. They upped their record in bowl games to 2-9. And they did it over an SEC team no less, the once 11th ranked Mississippi St Bulldogs. In 2010, the Chicago Blackhawks ended their 49 year old Stanley Cup drought. In 2005, the Chicago White Sox ended their 88 year World Series drought. So now that leaves only two: Northwestern basketball, who’ve never made a NCAA Tourney. Well, with how they’ve played at home lately, their injuries and an RPI of 105, I’d say they have to wait a year- at least. And the Chicago Cubs 104 year Sahara like drought? Well, they lost 101 games last year, so don’t expect that drought to end anytime soon. Let’s get back to what the Cats accomplished today...
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New Northwestern helmets for Gator Bowl vs. Mississippi St

New Northwestern helmets for Gator Bowl vs. Mississippi St
When the Northwestern Wildcats look to end their bowl game drought tomorrow (you might have heard a thing or two about it in the local media) they’ll do so with these new helmets on. Expect to see a lot of running with Venric Mark and Kain Colter at the Gator Bowl vs. Mississippi State, MSU has a cornerback named Johnathan Banks who will be a top 15 pick in the NFL Draft. So they’ll be less passing with Colter and Trevor Siemian...